Velasquez helps Phillies down Cardinals 6-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Vince Velasquez attributes his recent resurgence to something in his head, not his arm.

The Philadelphia right-hander pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and Carlos Santana and Pedro Florimon each hit home runs in the Phillies' 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

Velasquez (4-4) gave up five hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in recording his third straight win.

''I'm just having a different mentality going into the game,'' Velasquez said. ''I feel like I'm going into a comfort zone of my own. That's something you've got to have and cherish. And build on.''

Velasquez is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last three starts. He has struck out 21 over 17 1/3 innings.

The three strong outings are in stark contrast to two rough efforts on April 24 and 29 when he gave up a total of 10 earned runs over 8 1/3 innings.

''It's just starting to come together for him,'' Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. ''We're trying to figure out what we see in Vinnie that leads to this kind of success. I guess it doesn't really matter. As long as he's having it.''

Velasquez began the season by dropping four of his first five decisions.

''A lot of obstacles are thrown at you and you've just got to learn to adjust,'' Velasquez said. ''That's the whole part of this game is making adjustments. And it seems like things are turning around.''

The Phillies won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 17-2 against opponents outside of the NL East.

At 25-16, the Phillies are nine games over .500 for the first time since they were 102-60 at the close of the 2011 season. Philadelphia is 24-12 since starting the season 1-4.

Odubel Herrera reached base three times to extend his on-base streak to 43 games, fifth-longest in franchise history. It is also the longest streak in the majors since Atlanta's Freddie Freeman reached in 46 successive games in 2016.

''I don't pay attention to that,'' Herrera said of the streak. ''I'm just trying to play hard, get on base and do what I can do.''

Herrera is 13 games shy of Mike Schmidt's club record of 56 set in 1981-82.

Santana broke a scoreless tie by slugging a 437-foot drive to center - his team-leading eighth - in the fifth off Luke Weaver (3-3), who gave up one run and four hits over seven innings. Weaver struck out six and walked one for St. Louis, which has lost four of five.

''I took a lot out of this outing,'' Weaver said. ''This is baseball, games like this happen. The other pitcher threw really well and we just had a hard time picking him up.''

Aaron Altherr drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth that pushed the Phillies' lead to 3-0. He snapped an 0-for-13 skid with the hit. Herrera's RBI double made it 4-0.

St. Louis cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the eighth on Marcell Ozuna's run-scoring fielder's choice and Jedd Gyorko's RBI single.

Florimon hit a two-run homer in the ninth off reliever John Brebbia.

St. Louis catcher Francisco Pena had three of his team's 10 hits.

''I was seeing the ball pretty well today,'' Pena said. ''We're trying to get a W, and we didn't do it today.''

HAPPY DAYS

The Phillies are the only team in the National League to have a .500 record or better on all seven days of the week. They improved to 4-2 on Thursdays.

The New York Yankees are the only team in the American League to accomplish that feat.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: LHP Adam Morgan was activated from the 10-day disabled list before the game. He had been sidelined with a back strain. His last appearance was on May 6.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright was shifted to the 60-day DL from the 10-day list due to persistent elbow pain. He was placed on the 10-day list on Monday after a rough start Sunday in San Diego. He walked six batters in 2 1/3 innings. The three-time All-Star is 1-3 with a 4.00 ERA in four starts this season. He has walked 14 batters in 18 innings.

''We just need time,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.

C Carson Kelly was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. C Steven Baron was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Baron was hitting .153.

UP NEXT

Philadelphia RHP Jake Arrieta (3-1, 2.59) will face RHP Michael Wacha (4-1, 3.09) in the second game of the four game series on Friday. Arrieta is 8-4 with a 2.27 ERA in 17 lifetime starts against St. Louis. Wacha is searching for his 50th career win.

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  • W: V. Velasquez (4-4)L: L. Weaver (3-3)
  • HR: PHI - C. Santana (8), P. Florimon (1)
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M. Franco 3B40100013.273.308.485.7930.5
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P. Florimon SS22121001.289.347.489.8368.0
  • a-grounded out for Dominguez in the 8th
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M. Ozuna LF51010018.242.276.327.6031.5
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J. Gyorko 3B40110001.295.405.525.9302.0
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K. Wong 2B10100000.190.299.300.5991.0
  • a-flied out for M. Carpenter in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Weaver in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Herrera (9)
  • HR - C. Santana (8), P. Florimon
  • RBI - A. Altherr 2 (21), O. Herrera (25), C. Santana (28), P. Florimon 2 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (9)
  • SH - L. Weaver (3)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna (21), J. Gyorko (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Gyorko
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Hernandez (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Franco-Santana)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Martinez-DeJong)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez (W, 4-4)6.15002504.371.3123.5
S. Dominguez (H, 3)0.20000000.000.000.0
Y. Rios0.00111003.941.56-2.0
L. Garcia0.22110003.240.90-3.0
A. Morgan (H, 7)0.10000002.381.410.0
E. Ramos1.03000001.021.190.0
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez (W, 4-4)6.1
S. Dominguez (H, 3)0.2
Y. Rios0.0
L. Garcia0.2
A. Morgan (H, 7)0.1
E. Ramos1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (L, 3-3)7.04111614.371.2716.0
J. Hicks0.03330002.291.32-6.0
S. Tuivailala1.01001102.701.601.5
J. Brebbia1.03220114.091.09-1.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (L, 3-3)7.0
J. Hicks0.0
S. Tuivailala1.0
J. Brebbia1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - L. Garcia (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 96-60, S. Dominguez 8-6, Y. Rios 4-0, L. Garcia 18-8, A. Morgan 3-2, E. Ramos 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 6-7, S. Dominguez 1-1, L. Garcia 2-0, E. Ramos 1-2
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 25, S. Dominguez 2, Y. Rios, L. Garcia 5, A. Morgan, E. Ramos 6
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Tuivailala
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 97-62, J. Hicks 12-8, S. Tuivailala 12-8, J. Brebbia 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 8-6, J. Hicks 1-0, S. Tuivailala 2-0, J. Brebbia 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 25, J. Hicks 4, S. Tuivailala 5, J. Brebbia 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Hoskins LF50100025.263.401.460.8610.0
C. Santana 1B31111112.195.309.443.7526.5
M. Franco 3B40100013.273.308.485.7930.5
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P. Florimon SS22121001.289.347.489.8368.0
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  • a-grounded out for Dominguez in the 8th
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T. Pham CF41000113.302.412.535.9471.5
J. Martinez 1B40300110.304.382.459.8423.5
P. DeJong SS40100015.260.351.473.8241.5
M. Ozuna LF51010018.242.276.327.6031.5
D. Fowler RF30000113.154.273.287.5600.5
J. Gyorko 3B40110001.295.405.525.9302.0
M. Carpenter 2B30100000.164.297.311.6092.0
a- H. Bader PH10000002.254.359.418.7770.0
J. Brebbia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
F. Pena C40300002.258.324.258.5823.0
L. Weaver P10000001.214.214.214.4290.0
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J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Tuivailala P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Wong 2B10100000.190.299.300.5991.0
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  • a-flied out for M. Carpenter in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Weaver in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Herrera (9)
  • HR - C. Santana (8), P. Florimon
  • RBI - A. Altherr 2 (21), O. Herrera (25), C. Santana (28), P. Florimon 2 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (9)
  • SH - L. Weaver (3)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna (21), J. Gyorko (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Gyorko
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Hernandez (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Franco-Santana)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Martinez-DeJong)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez (W, 4-4)6.15002504.371.3123.5
S. Dominguez (H, 3)0.20000000.000.000.0
Y. Rios0.00111003.941.56-2.0
L. Garcia0.22110003.240.90-3.0
A. Morgan (H, 7)0.10000002.381.410.0
E. Ramos1.03000001.021.190.0
Total9.01022350---
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez (W, 4-4)6.1
S. Dominguez (H, 3)0.2
Y. Rios0.0
L. Garcia0.2
A. Morgan (H, 7)0.1
E. Ramos1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (L, 3-3)7.04111614.371.2716.0
J. Hicks0.03330002.291.32-6.0
S. Tuivailala1.01001102.701.601.5
J. Brebbia1.03220114.091.09-1.5
Total9.01166282---
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (L, 3-3)7.0
J. Hicks0.0
S. Tuivailala1.0
J. Brebbia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - L. Garcia (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 96-60, S. Dominguez 8-6, Y. Rios 4-0, L. Garcia 18-8, A. Morgan 3-2, E. Ramos 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 6-7, S. Dominguez 1-1, L. Garcia 2-0, E. Ramos 1-2
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 25, S. Dominguez 2, Y. Rios, L. Garcia 5, A. Morgan, E. Ramos 6
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Tuivailala
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 97-62, J. Hicks 12-8, S. Tuivailala 12-8, J. Brebbia 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 8-6, J. Hicks 1-0, S. Tuivailala 2-0, J. Brebbia 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 25, J. Hicks 4, S. Tuivailala 5, J. Brebbia 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Florimon homered to right, Alfaro scored62
  • 8TH INNING
    Gyorko singled to left, Ozuna scored, Fowler to second42
    Ozuna reached on fielder's choice to third, Pham scored, Martinez to third, DeJong out at second41
    Herrera doubled to deep right, Hernandez scored, Altherr to third40
    Altherr singled to center, Alfaro and Florimon scored, Hernandez to second30
  • 5TH INNING
    Santana homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kolten Wong at second
    • John Brebbia pitching
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to left center
    • P. Florimon: Strike swinging, Ball, Florimon homered to right, Alfaro scored
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez singled to center
    • A. Altherr: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Altherr struck out looking
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Hernandez stole second, Strike looking, Foul, Herrera grounded out to third
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Edubray Ramos relieved Adam Morgan
    • F. Pena: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pena singled to left
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wong singled to left center, Pena to second
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pham flied out to right
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to center, Pena to third, Wong to second
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, DeJong lined out to shortstop
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ozuna grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to right
    • P. Florimon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Florimon reached on fielder's choice to second, Alfaro to second
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez singled to left, Alfaro to third, Florimon to second
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Foul, Altherr singled to center, Alfaro and Florimon scored, Hernandez to second
    • Sam Tuivailala relieved Jordan Hicks
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera doubled to deep right, Hernandez scored, Altherr to third
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Santana intentionally walked
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Franco reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Altherr out at home, Herrera to third, Santana to second
    • Nick Williams hit for Seranthony Dominguez
    • N. Williams: Ball, Williams grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yacksel Rios pitching
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
    • Luis Garcia relieved Yacksel Rios
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to left, Pham to second
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, DeJong hit by pitch, Pham to third, Martinez to second
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna reached on fielder's choice to third, Pham scored, Martinez to third, DeJong out at second
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler reached on fielder's choice to first, Martinez out at home, Ozuna to second
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gyorko singled to left, Ozuna scored, Fowler to second
    • Adam Morgan relieved Luis Garcia
    • Harrison Bader hit for Matt Carpenter
    • H. Bader: Ball, Foul, Bader flied out to deep right
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Herrera reached on an infield single to second
    • R. Hoskins: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Pickoff attempt, Franco singled to right, Herrera to third
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Kingery flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
    • J. Gyorko: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Gyorko flied out to center
    • M. Carpenter: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter doubled to left center, Fowler to third
    • Seranthony Dominguez pitching
    • Pedro Florimon at shortstop
    • F. Pena: Strike looking, Pena reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Fowler out at home, Carpenter to third
    • Greg Garcia hit for Luke Weaver
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garcia flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • V. Velasquez: Strike looking, Velasquez grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hernandez flied out to left
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez walked
    • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, DeJong flied out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ozuna lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Ball, Santana homered to center
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Kingery struck out on foul tip
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Gyorko lined out to left
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter flied out to deep center
    • F. Pena: Ball, Strike swinging, Pena reached on an infield single to third
    • L. Weaver: Foul, Strike looking, Weaver grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez flied out to left
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Altherr popped out to second
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera walked
    • R. Hoskins: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hoskins popped out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: DeJong reached on an infield single to third
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery grounded out to third
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Alfaro grounded out to shortstop
    • V. Velasquez: Ball, Strike swinging, Velasquez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • F. Pena: Strike looking, Pena singled to center
    • L. Weaver: Strike looking, Weaver hit sacrifice bunt to first, Pena to second
    • T. Pham: Pham grounded into double play first to third, Pena out at third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins singled to left
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Santana grounded into double play shortstop to first, Hoskins out at second
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Franco grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler flied out to deep left
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gyorko flied out to left
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez flied out to center
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Altherr grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Herrera grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to left
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ozuna grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)